Wilson, Howard McKnight. The Tinkling Spring: Headwater of Freedom; A Study of the Church and Her People, 1732-1952. 1974. Second Edition. 
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Blue cloth, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches, xviii., 578 clean pp., illustrated, folding map, tight. Very good. Hardcover.
"There was no Solid South in the pre-revolutionary period, indeed no "South" at all, but rather three Southern societies - the Chesapeake Society, the Carolina Society, and the Back Country. The Back Country was settled mostly by pioneers from Pennsylvania moving up the Valley of Virginia and on into the Carolinas and Georgia. Germans settled in the Lower Valley; the Scotch-Iris were the dominant group in the Upper Valley and on into the Piedmont. The earliest churches with a settled pastor in the Upper Valley - indeed in the entire Back Country - were the Old Stone and Tinkling Spring Presbyterian churches, organized by the Scotch-Irish in Augusta County, near the present Staunton. The history of the Tinkling Spring church has been closely intertwined with the Valley from that day to this...With infinite pains and loving care Dr. Wilson has traced the history of this church, relating it at every point to the history of the neighborhood, and to the larger history of its times." - Introduction.